A philosophy of transport: Michel Serres’ recursive epistemology in the Hermes pentalogy

Sutherland, Thomas (2021) A philosophy of transport: Michel Serres’ recursive epistemology in the Hermes pentalogy. Media Theory, 5 (1). pp. 201-218. ISSN 2557-826X

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Focusing upon the five books of his early Hermes series, this article argues that Michel Serres furnishes an accomplished, unconventional philosophical account of communication and mediation – a structuralist epistemology designed to comprehend the sciences in their complexity and plurality – that, even decades after its first publication, has significant value for media theory. Two key themes within this pentalogy are highlighted: firstly, its emphasis upon motifs of communication, transport, and circulation, attempting to grasp the scientific field in topological terms, as a kind of networked encyclopaedia; and secondly, its attempt to account for the intricate relationship between the formal and the empirical in all theorization.

Keywords:Michel Serres, Gaston Bachelard, Philosophy of Science, Mediation, communication, Networks, Pluralism, Epistemology
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V550 Philosophy of Science
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:46675
Deposited On:05 Oct 2021 13:17

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